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Maker(s):Coney, John
Culture:American (1655/56-1722)
Title:porringer
Date Made:1700-1715
Type:Food Service
Materials:silver
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Boston
Measurements:overall: 1 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in x 5 1/8 in; 3.81 cm x 19.685 cm x 13.0175 cm
Accession Number:  HD 97.6.1
Credit Line:Gift of Janette F. Weber, in memory of her husband, Frederick C. Weber, Jr., MD
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Description:
Silver porringer with a stepped and domed base with center punches on both front and back; deep, curved sides rising to a perpendicular rim; and a cast and applied geometric style handle. The porringer is marked "IC" crowned within a shield near the rim to the left of the handle for John Coney (1655/56-1722); and engraved with the initials "H P" in period block capitals on the handle and 19th century initials "FEJ" in script over "1888" on the body opposite the handle; and scratched "702" on the bottom. John Coney was unquestionably one of the giants of early American silver; in quality, quantity, and variety, his work in silver is unsurpassed and some consider him as the preeminent goldsmith of the colonial era. Born in Boston (his father was the blacksmith, John Coney), Coney was apprenticed at the age of fourteen to the master silversmith, Jeremiah Dummer. On his own, Coney created artistic and ambitious pieces of silver, including sugar boxes, monteiths, and inkstands. This porringer, an eating vessel, is a simple form achieved by hammering the bowl and soldering on a cast handle.

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